There were hoards of bikers and dog-walkers on the trail, but once I headed off into the bush I didn't see another soul (except a hobo who had set up camp).
I tried to photograph some insects, even though the light was kind of crappy at mid day.
|Cabbage White - Grand River, Ontario|
I'm not really sure what species of skipper this is and I don't have any reference books nearby. It was feeding on Joe Pye weed.
|Tawny-edged Skipper - Grand River, Ontario (thanks to Kirk Zufelt for the ID)|
|Ebony Jewelwing - Grand River, Ontario|
|Little Wood-Satyr - Grand River, Ontario|
The bird life was what one would expect for mid afternoon on a 30 degree day in mid-August. Not much was singing! Among the usuals (Indigo Buntings, E. Kingbirds, SOSPs, etc) there were a few highlights, such as a Belted Kingfisher, 40+ Chimney Swifts hawking insects, Osprey, and a few shorebirds. There were 3 Lesser Yellowlegs and 2 Least Sandpipers mixed in with about 30 Killdeer on a rocky island. This is the first time that I've ever seen migrating shorebirds at the river.
Also interesting to see were 2 presumably summering Common Mergansers.
|Common Mergansers - Grand River, Ontario|
I didn't see too many herps today but I stopped to grab a quick shot of this Northern Leopard Frog.
|Northern Leopard Frog - Grand River, Ontari|
This evening I checked out a few of my favorite areas to the southwest of Cambridge. I photographed this Question Mark,
|Question Mark - North Dumfries, Ontario|
|Grasshopper Sparrow - North Dumfries, Ontario|